Monday, July 18, 2016

Italy Trip #25: Opera Del Duomo Museum Highlights

Welcome to the 25th blog of our Italy tour. On this blog we'll show you some of the amazing things in the Opera Del Duomo Museum of Florence. 
Main part of museum with many sculptures

Statues in the courtyard
WHAT IS THE OPERA DEL DUOMO? - It's actually the Cathedral Workshop or "works commission." It was founded by the Republic of Florence in 1296 to oversee the construction of the new cathedral and its bell tower. In 1436, the Cathedral was finished with the completion of Brunelleschi's dome.Since then, the main task for the Opera del Duomo has been to conserve the monuments - including the Baptistry of San Giovanni. In 1891, the Museum was founded (according to Following are some of the highlights.

One of 2 choir lofts

1) BIG INSIDE COURTYARD - The first part of the museum displays many Gothic sculptures that were inside the cathedral and on its first facade. 

Courtyard statues
 2) TWO SCULPTED CHOIR LOFTS - These once stood in the Duomo: one was sculpted by Luca della Robbia (1431-38) and the other by Donatello (1433-39).
Nice butt!

 3) The museum also displays construction materials and instruments used for Brunelleschi's dome, such as pulleys, buckets and brick molds. (we didn't take pictures because pulleys and buckets aren't that exciting!)

Pieta with Jesus' broken leg

4) Michelangelo’s Florence Pietà (Jesus with the broken leg) - On the landing between the two floors is Michelangelo's Pietà (begun around 1550) that used to stand in the Duomo. It is widely believed that he intended it for his own tomb; the hooded figure of Nicodemus is often interpreted as a self-portrait. The damage to Christ's left leg and arm is believed to have been inflicted by Michelangelo himself in frustration at his failing skills.

NEXT: The Museum's Golden Doors and Ugly Statue!

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next